Sannakji is live baby octopus, called "nakji" in Korean, that is cut into small pieces and served with sesame oil. Sannakji is a popular offering of the food carts on the streets of South Korea. Sannakji is considered a "hoe," or raw dish.
Sannakji is served on a plate with sesame oil and sometimes with a sesame seed garnish. The pieces of sannakji are still moving on the plate when served, and since the suction cups are still active, care must be taken when swallowing or else the pieces can get stuck in the mouth or esophogus. The pieces must be chewed thoroughly before swallowing to prevent choking.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Sannakji is served directly from the tank, cut into small pieces and served on a plate with sesame oil and/or sesame seeds while still wiggling.
Conserving and Storing
Live octopus must be stored in a salt-water tank until ready to be eaten.